Courses in the non-native track follow a sequential curriculum based on immersion program principles. This supports the development of proficiency in non-native speakers. The curriculum is supported by textbooks published by one of the leading publishers of Foreign Language Methodology textbooks, CLE International. Class sizes are limited to twelve students to ensure all students receive the instruction they need.
Program Specific Textbooks
Kindergarten: Lily La Petite Grenouille. This textbook emphasizes language learning through a thematic approach supported by storytelling.
Elementary School: Alex et Zoe methodology is used in the beginner, intermediate and advanced courses. Thematic and storytelling approaches are at the core of instruction in these courses, with creative writing and reading also playing an integral role in the instruction process.
Non-Native Track Courses
How do I know if my child should be enrolled in the non-native track?
Students entering our non-native track are typically true beginners or have a limited knowledge of the French language that would not enable them to function in an immersion classroom where French is used to support content instruction. Students are usually evaluated by the teacher and the administrative team to determine what level would suit them best before a final placement is determined.
What should I expect in terms of language learning?
Learning a new language is a process that requires time and commitment. It is truly a family experience as parents need to support language instruction during the week to reinforce what students learn on Saturday. Although the level of proficiency will vary for each student, students should expect to experience a growth in their language skills as they progress through the curriculum at Ecole du Samedi.
Can a child move from the non-native to the native track?
Yes, students are evaluated several times a year, and if a teacher determines that a student acquired the proficiency level needed to be successful in the native track, he or she can be placed in that track. Parents are included in all students’ placement decisions.